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is the a setting in this poem by langston hughes. “the negroo mother”?
IS THERE A SETTING IN THIS POEM , IF SO WHERE IS THE POEM SET??????

The Negro Mother by Langston Hughes
Children, I come back today
To tell you a story of the long dark way
That I had to climb, that I had to know
In order that the race might live and grow.
Look at my face — dark as the night —
Yet shining like the sun with love’s true light.
I am the dark girl who crossed the red sea
Carrying in my body the seed of the free.
I am the woman who worked in the field
Bringing the cotton and the corn to yield.
I am the one who labored as a slave,
Beaten and mistreated for the work that I gave —
Children sold away from me, I’m husband sold, too.
No safety , no love, no respect was I due.

Three hundred years in the deepest South:
But God put a song and a prayer in my mouth .
God put a dream like steel in my soul.
Now, through my children, I’m reaching the goal.

Now, through my children, young and free,
I realized the blessing deed to me.
I couldn’t read then. I couldn’t write.
I had nothing, back there in the night.
Sometimes, the valley was filled with tears,
But I kept trudging on through the lonely years.
Sometimes, the road was hot with the sun,
But I had to keep on till my work was done:
I had to keep on! No stopping for me —
I was the seed of the coming Free.
I nourished the dream that nothing could smother
Deep in my breast — the Negro mother.
I had only hope then , but now through you,
Dark ones of today, my dreams must come true:
All you dark children in the world out there,
Remember my sweat, my pain, my despair.
Remember my years, heavy with sorrow —
And make of those years a torch for tomorrow.
Make of my pass a road to the light
Out of the darkness, the ignorance, the night.
Lift high my banner out of the dust.
Stand like free men supporting my trust.
Believe in the right, let none push you back.
Remember the whip and the slaver’s track.
Remember how the strong in struggle and strife
Still bar you the way, and deny you life —
But march ever forward, breaking down bars.
Look ever upward at the sun and the stars.
Oh, my dark children, may my dreams and my prayers
Impel you forever up the great stairs —
For I will be with you till no white brother
Dares keep down the children of the Negro Mother.

Best answer(s):

Answer by Jessie
It is set in the South during the period of the slaves it sounds like is written in the salve camps looking on to what they can see and then it goes to how they feel and then how they are treated. it goes from concrete to abstract back to concrete

Answer by classmate
The poem is not set in a specific place. It talks about places that were important in black history — for example, it mentions crossing the ocean from Africa to North America, and it mentions “the deepest South” where generations of slaves labored under cruel conditions — but the speaker is not talking to people in one particular location. She is addressing all black Americans, urging them to remember the suffering of their ancestors in the past, to prize their freedom in the present, and to continue struggling for justice and equality in a better future. (Hughes wrote at a time when Jim Crow segregation was still the law of the land.)

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